|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
The Carr Center and Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Announce the FREE Inaugural New Standards Jazz Crawl, Shifting The Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice, Curated by Three-Time Grammy Award Winner and
NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington
New Standards Jazz Crawl features 13 Concerts, 8 Venues, and 5 Days with 22 Acclaimed Artists/Groups Performing in Detroit’s Cultural Center
The Carr Center and its Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington Present Innovative New Standards Installation featuring Distinguished Artists, Musicians, and Scholars
(Detroit, MI – September 29, 2022) – The Carr Center and Midtown Detroit, Inc. today announce the FREE inaugural New Standards Jazz Crawl, Shifting The Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice, curated by three-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, drummer, producer, composer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington. The series of concerts for New Standards Jazz Crawl will be held in Detroit’s Cultural Center at eight of the city’s cultural and educational institutions and museums including Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Public Library, Detroit Symphony Orchestra – The CUBE, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Scarab Club, The Wright Museum, and the new Carr Center Performance Studio.
The New Standards Jazz Crawl feature thirteen concerts, eight venues, over five days (October 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 28th) and twenty-three acclaimed artists/groups including bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington, Grammy Award winner and vocalist Lisa Fischer and harmonicist Grégoire Maret; Grammy-nominated vocalists Carmen Lundy and Jazzmeia Horn, and guitarist Matthew Stevens, and saxophonist Tia Fuller. Other acclaimed artists include jazz, blues, and gospel artist Lizz Wright; vocalists Charenée Wade, La Tanya Hall, Daryn Dean, saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman; saxophonist Nicole Glover; pianist Andy Milne and Paul Cornish; bassists Linda May Han Oh and Marian Hayden; flutist Nicole Mitchell; drummers Savannah Harris and Susie Ibarra; percussionist JoVia Armstrong, and the Carr Center famed The Gathering Orchestra Nonet.
The New Standards Jazz Crawl is only one part of the Carr Center’s yearlong 30th-anniversary celebration and the opening of the new Carr Center Performance Studio. Located in the historic Park Shelton at 15 East Kirby Street on the corner of Kirby and Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit, the new Carr Center Performance Studio is a place where arts and community come together. The 2,50o square feet, state-of-the-art digital video and sound production space is the home of the 30-year multi-disciplinary arts organization. It’s a place where innovative programming is presented including live events, art installations, exhibits, a visual arts gallery, films, dance, poetry, concerts, private events, master classes, and other educational panels and workshops for the community. The new space will host broadcast and film shootings, photo shoots, and rehearsals.
“The opening of the Performance Studio is the pinnacle of our anniversary celebration,” says Oliver Ragsdale, Jr. President and CEO of the Carr Center, the multi-cultural legacy arts organization. “As we move closer to the opening, we are honored to work closely with partners Midtown Detroit Inc., and our Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington, who is not only expanding her artistry with compelling publications, visual arts, and film, but she continues to provide high-level and innovating programming and is a great collaborator for the Carr Center.
As previously announced, the Carr Center and Carrington will also celebrate the opening of New Standards, the first part of Shifting the Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice Installation on Friday, October 14.
Carrington brings her distinct vision, artistry, and thought-leadership into yet another realm of expression – now as a curator, scriptwriter, and author. On Friday, October 14, the New Standards Installation will open at the Carr Center Performance Studio. This installation is a multi-disciplinary exploration that reimagines the shape and sound of jazz through the lens of gender justice. As one of four sections of the full installation, New Standards offers an artistic, biographical, and thought-provoking narrative that spans the past, present, and future of jazz, as well as considers more equitable cultivation of the uniquely American art form.
Elements of the New Standards Installation features works created by multi-disciplinary jazz artists Cécile McClorin Salvant, Carmen Lundy, and Jazzmeia Horn – along with works by award-winning visual artists Monica Haslip, Joe Diggs, Yesmin Tosuner, and Ramsess – ranging from print and sculpture, to collage, textiles, and multimedia. The installation will also feature a stunning portrait collection of thirty influential women instrumentalists by Sherry Rubel. Vocalist and culinary artist Lizz Wright will introduce a recipe inspired by the theme of New Standards, and Detroit visual artists Devin Laster, Yvette R. Rock, Sabrina Nelson, and Carla Harden will be presented.
Also, Carrington’s first-ever children’s book, an illustrated poem, Three of a Kind will be introduced. The story centers around the musical partnership of the Allen, Carrington, Spalding (ACS) Trio – Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and esperanza spalding. Written by Carrington with illustrations by Ramsess, Three of a Kind is a book for all ages yet is designed to inspire young women to play instruments. Additionally, the installation includes the New Standards film, a collaboration with Carrington and filmmaker Michael Goldman, documenting the creators, the process, and the purpose of the book and album.
On Friday, October 14, the Carr Center will present a panel discussion, “Jazz and Gender: Forging a New Legacy” with scholar and cultural icon Angela Davis; and educators and authors Gina Dent and Robin D.G Kelly, along with Carrington at the Carr Center Performance Studio.
On Saturday, October 15, the Carr Center will present a Professional Development Master Class with Carrington for band directors and band leaders to engage with her and other composers featured in her new book.
Since founding the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice in 2018, Carrington has promoted equality not just in the genre of jazz, but in the greater artistic world. Earlier this month, Hal Leonard and Berklee Press introduced her debut and one-of-a-kind book, New Standard: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers. Curated and edited by Carrington, New Standards highlights compositions that are supplementary and alternatives to the “jazz standards” canon that has served students, teachers, and professionals throughout the development of jazz music. The compositions of New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers span a century, from pioneering composer Lil Hardin Armstrong’s 1922 composition. Other works include the great Mary Lou Williams, and Detroit’s own Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Dianne Reeves, and Geri Alen, as well as Maria Schneider, esperanza spalding, Cécile McClorin Salvant, Cassandra Wilson, Nubya Garcia, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell, and the recently departed Jamie Branch. The book is available on retail digital platforms everywhere.
In conjunction with the release of the historic publication Carrington’s star-studded recording, new STANDARDS vol. 1 features special guests recording artists Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos, and Somi (Candid Records), backed by bandmates with Carrington on drums, Kris Davis (piano), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and Matthew Stevens (guitar). Produced by Carrington and Matthew Stevens, “volume one” is part of a collection of albums to be presented and will include reimagined recordings from the songbook.
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